by Jerry Vines

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The Sin of Not Doing (16 of 22)
Series: Behave Yourself
Jerry Vines
James 4:17

I thought I was through with the fourth chapter, but the closer I examined the seventeenth verse the more I became aware that I just couldn't go and forget that verse or couldn't deal with that verse. There is just too much here. I want to talk with you this evening on the subject "The Sin of Not Doing."

I want us to consider for a little while this evening a sin that we rarely give much consideration to. We put sin in a variety of categories. We talk in terms of moral sins, the sins of the flesh, such adultery, and fornication. We talk in terms of temperamental sin, sins of the disposition such as temper, anger, harshness, unkindness. We talk sometimes about social sins such as intolerance, racism, bigotry and prejudice.

Then, of course, we talk sometimes about spiritual sins, which are the worst of all. I talked this morning about the sin of pride. The Bible says, "God resists the proud." It was the sin which caused Satan to fall from heaven. Satan said, "I will ascend to the throne of God." The sin of pride is what caused the fall of Satan.

The Bible says that pride goeth before destruction and the haughty spirit before a fall. There are the sins of the spirit, spiritual sins.

But there is another way of looking at the whole matter of sin. Sometimes we talk in terms of the sins of commission. The sins of the things that we do that we should not do. These are sins of commission. They are the acts that we commit and the deeds that we do. We know of the different kinds of sin of commission, the things you can do like lying and stealing and murdering and these kinds of sin.

There are not only the sins of commission, but according to this verse of scripture there are the sins of omission, that is, failing to do the things that we ought to do. Sins of commission are sins that we do that we ought not to do. Sins of omission are sins that ...

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